Independent films are key to the British film industry. Aside from creating jobs for up and coming film workers, whether that’s in front or behind the camera, it keeps British cinema fresh and exciting.
I was lucky enough to sit down with Gracie Tyrrell, an up and coming British actress about her role in independent film Sentry from Scottish film company Passby Films.
“I’m really excited to be taking part in Sentry. It’s a psychological thriller about the mental struggle of sleep deprivation and having to stay alert in order to survive.
“I play a character called The Boss. She’s a bit of an ice Queen and has no sense of pain or suffering. While she’s physically small compared to the men surrounding her, she is an extremely powerful woman and a respected leader. She is feisty, a bit mental and very intimidating.
“I do tend to get the femme fatale type characters, however The Boss is very different to any characters I’ve played before because she has complete control, shows no signs of weakness and doesn’t try to be sexy. What make’s her sexy is her strength and self-assurance. The Boss doesn’t have to say anything for you to know she means business. You will be able to tell from her eyes, the looks she gives and the way she holds herself. She oozes power.
“When I first read the script I felt an instant attachment to her – I could envision everything about her; the way she looked, the way she held herself and the way she moved and spoke. I felt I could bring a lot to this role and knew I would enjoy the process of making this character a reality.
“There are some great strong female characters out there at the moment and have taken inspiration from them when approaching my role. I love the way Christina Hendricks who plays Joan in ‘Mad Men’ walks. I imagine The Boss to walk in a similar way; controlled, perfect posture and sexy. Robin Wright who plays Claire Underwood in ‘House of Cards’ is also a great inspiration. She is a real ice queen and demands power. Both Joan and Claire have similar traits to The Boss.
“It’s exciting to play a character that goes against the Hollywood stereotype. I love the fact that The Boss is essentially a typical male role in terms of power and leadership, it’s much more interesting for the audience and for me. We need more female roles like this.
“I hadn’t thought about the prospect of The Boss being a sex symbol until now but it will be interesting to see how people react to her. We are in discussions about costumes for The Boss at the moment, which I think will have a huge impact on how much of a sex symbol she is.
“The script is very complex and switches between reality and dream state multiple times. Luckily Jack the writer/director has been very descriptive from the start when explaining the film so I haven’t had any difficulties in understanding it yet. I read the script a couple of times to get comfortable with it and have had a lot of discussions about it so feel I know it well.
“We haven’t started filming yet but I can’t wait to get started. We’ll be filming a lot of the film at night in the Scottish woods but I think it’ll be fine. The film is about sleep deprivation so having night shoots will probably help us get the real feel for it.
“I’m really excited to start filming Sentry and can’t wait for everyone to see it.”
Sentry is currently in pre-production and is set to be released in 2015. Watch the trailer here:
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